ISOJ panelists to sort through the hype surrounding web3 and the metaverse

So, what’s the deal with web3 and the metaverse anyway? And, should we be paying attention to how it might impact journalism as an industry and practice?

An esteemed panel of experts on the topic will wade through the maze of blockchain and NFTs, as well as augmented (AR), virtual (VR) and extended reality (XR) during the 23rd International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on Friday, April 1, 2022.

The panel “Hype or not, how and when will web3 and metaverse impact journalism?” will be held on the first day of the conference at 11:00 a.m. U.S. Central Time.

Speakers for web3/metaverse panel at ISOJ 2022

Panelists include:

  • Emily Bell, professor and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, will chair the panel. She is a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. She spent most of her career at Guardian News and Media in London, including leading a web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data and social media.
  • Ian Bogost, professor and director of film and media studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he is contributing writer at The Atlantic and a founding partner at the award-winning Persuasive Games.
  • Maria Bustillos, founding editor-in-chief at, is a journalist, editor and information activist. She is also a founding member of news cooperative Brick House, and was a participant in Civil, an early blockchain-based publishing platform.
  • Jarno M. Koponen, head of AI and personalization at Yle News Lab, a non-profit public media company in Finland. He works to combine journalism, AI and design “to build a sustainable and future-proof journalistic organization.” His writing on news media, AI and innovation has been featured in publications like TechCrunchand VentureBeat.
  • Ray Soto is senior director of emerging tech at Gannett, USA Today Network. He has 20 years of experience creating and leading the development of interactive experiences within the journalism and video game industries.

ISOJ started in 2015 to open space for discussion about the arrival of virtual reality journalism and using immersive 3D devices for experiential storytelling. As that world has expanded and web3 has become part of the national discussion in recent years, the topics take the mainstage once again at ISOJ.

Keeping in line with this innovative spirit, ISOJ itself will take place virtually and in person this year, with a range of prices that will allow for as large a group as possible to participate. Register is now open, so reserve your spot today.

You can also view the conference program to see who else will be presenting and speaking at this unique global symposium.

ISOJ, which began in 1999, brings together journalists, media executives, scholars and students to discuss the impact of technology on journalism today and in the future. It is an innovative conference that bridges the gap between the news industry and academia. View video and coverage of past ISOJ conferences at

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